Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Westover Wednesday

Food trucks are huge in Little Rock.  You see them all around town.  To my sadness, my favorite one, Green Cuisine, is no more.  So, I have been watching the other ones to see if they have tasty vegan options.  An event has been going on for awhile now, called Westover Wednesday, where the food trucks in town gather once a month.

I had been hearing tell that Southern Salt, a new-ish food truck, was boasting a vegetarian BBQ sandwich.  I emailed them to see if it could be made vegan, and they said it could, so I exclaimed to Josh that we needed to venture to the Heights and try out Westover Wednesday!  He complied.

Food trucks that were there:

Pizzeria Santa Lucia
The Southern Gourmasian
Southern Salt Food Company
Black Hound BBQ
Waffle Wagon
Loblolly Creamery
Kona Ice

Most of these don't have vegan options, but I knew Kbird, Southern Salt and Loblolly might be a go, so we went for it.

I spied a tofu pad thai from Kbird, but I kept moving in search of the Asian BBQ sandwich from Southern Salt.  I waited in line with Josh while he got a sandwich from Southern Gourmasian, then we headed over to snag my sandwich.  The place was packed with families, friends, children and music.  It was a beautiful spring evening, and everyone was out enjoying it.  We waited in line, and I chatted with the cooks about the vegan sandwich.  Josh and I sipped orange soda, then took our food and headed to sit on the curb and enjoy our dinner.

I opened my sandwich and was immediately disappointed.  Maybe I built it up in my head, but I was imagining a veg based protein, piled high and smothered in BBQ sauce.  What I got was a few soggy vegetables and a very soggy bun.  I took a few bites, then dejectedly wadded it up and started to search for something else.

Do not waste your time on this sandwich.  It needs work.

I rushed over to Kbird in hopes of getting some tofu pad thai, but to my disappointment, they were out.  They did have mango and sticky rice though, and after a quick conversation with the chef, I realized that a lot of their food is made vegan.  The pad thai is, and they said they usually have a curry as well.  The mango and rice is made with coconut milk, so I ordered two!  I brought Josh and I dessert.

The mango was perfect.  It was bright and juicy and delicious.  The rice was good, but not the best sticky rice I've ever had.  (That would be from Lemongrass, although I don't like most of the rest of their food.)

So, the trip wasn't a total bust, but I definitely won't be rushing back.  If you can get there early and snag some pad thai, that would be great.  I'll have to hunt down the Kbird truck in Hillcrest soon!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Healthy Traveling: Mountain Home, Arkansas

One of my best friends, Amanda, is getting married in October, and this weekend happened to be her birthday.  We celebrated by piling in a big car and driving to Springfield, Missouri, to get our bridesmaid dresses for her wedding.  I found this dress, with the coolest back ever, and immediately ordered it in bright blue.  Now, I haven't lost all the weight I want, but sometimes, you put something on and just feel great!

We had a really lovely weekend, full of laughing and great talks.  We even had some great eats!  I started the weekend off with a Tropical Smoothie picnic lunch with Josh.  We found a cool park in South Little Rock, behind where Josh works, complete with an amazing pavilion.  I think we've found our new lunch spot!

I ordered an Asian chicken salad with beyond meat.  This was definitely a treat, with the fried wontons and sugary salad dressing.  It kept me fueled on my 3 hour drive to Mountain Home, though.  When I got to Amanda's, we got ready for her birthday bash.  She has an amazing group of friends up there, and I've met them on several occasions.  None of them are veg heads, but they all really love my food when I come visit.  One float trip, a few years ago, I spent the whole weekend handing out tempeh wraps with cashew cream to all the campers in the group.  Yum!

Amanda made us gift baskets, and mine had these amazing veggie sticks in them.  They were SO tasty, I kept having to hide the bag from myself.  Omg.  So good.

I brought my Beyond Meat Chicken Salad and some tabouli with a ton of edemame and avocado for the birthday girl.  We stood around the table all night, talking and snacking.  It was great!

There was also a great spread of fruit!  I definitely got my fill for the night.  We headed to bed late and up early, because we had dress shopping appointments all day.  I whipped up a vanilla protein, spinach and blueberry smoothie and a pita pocket filled with tabouli and beyond meat for breakfast.  I wasn't sure what the food options would be like in Springfield, so I knew I needed to fill up.

We hit the first dress shop, and I snagged my bridesmaid dress.  I'm really excited about it.  The wedding is in October, so I'm hoping I will be smaller by then, but I can always take in the dress as needed.  I'm going to feel confident and sexy!

For lunch, the ladies wanted to go to Cheddar's.  We have one in Little Rock, but I'm not a huge fan of chain-ish restaurants.  It had more options than I thought I would find, and I ordered a veggie plate.  The fries probably weren't the best idea, but they only had a couple of options for me to pick from out of the sides.  I had to get the waitress to double check on the black beans.

The edamame wasn't great, but the beans and broccoli were tasty.  I ordered some tortillas and rolled up some broccoli, avocado and black bean tacos.  Yum!

We headed to the next dress shopping place, and Amanda asked if I would try on a bridal dress.  Now, I am not in the market for a big wedding dress, because it's not really my style or my vision for our wedding day.  It seemed fun, though, so I grabbed one off the rack.  I was shocked by how heavy it was!  Amanda helped me in it, and we all had a good laugh at me in a puffy dress.

I am trying to do research on ethical wedding fabrics and sources, which has become a small project in and of itself.  I've even started a pinterest board, if you're interested.  I would really like to find a short, casual vegan dress, if possible.  Something like this, perhaps.  However, that's way more than I want to spend, so I'm looking at a lot of ModCloth dresses too.  It was still fun to play dress up.

We did a lot more shopping, so I had to get some snackage in after a few hours.  We drove back to Mountain Home, and I promptly fell asleep on the couch.  Shopping can really take it out of you!

The next morning, we drove over to Bull Shoals, where the wedding is going to be.  Amanda took us to The 178 Club for brunch, which was surprisingly delicious!  I found fruit, tea, tomato juice and hash browns to munch on.

It was such a great trip!  I headed back shortly after breakfast to my Josh and Bodhi, ready to start another great week!

I am not posting that much right now, because we're still a year out, but I will be writing about our vendor selection and things like that on my Wedding Site, if you're interested.  We're not having a full vegan wedding, because my partner is not vegan and I want it to be a reflection of both of us, but I am doing what I can to have a mostly vegan wedding.  

You can see the first post in the Healthy Traveling series, Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Weekly Recap: Coming Out on Top

As I posted Friday, the end of my week turned out way better than I thought it would.  Now that I have passed my test, I feel like so much weight is lifted from my shoulders.  Now, it's time to focus getting this excess weight off my body.  I ate well this week, rocking smoothies for breakfast and lunch and getting in some tasty dinners.

Smoothies, green tea and fizzy sticks... that's usually what I'm fueling with at work.  In the morning, I usually do a combination as such:

chocolate protein + nut milk + chia seeds + berries + spinach + maca

For lunch, it goes like this:

vanilla protein + veggies + greens + spirulina + coconut water

I throw in a nut butter if I had an AM workout.  Rinse, repeat, eat.

I'm still in love with green tea soba noodles.  They go so amazing with some sauteed greens and a little soy sauce.  So simple and delicious!

Thursday, after I found out I passed my test, I treated myself to the first glass of wine since the Arbonne detox.  This was definitely meant to be a treat, and after one glass I was happy and satisfied.  I'm tightening up my resolve and focusing on health, but I did allow myself to have a little joy and celebration.

Oh falafel and curry ketchup, I just can't quit you.  There will be more salads and less fries in my future, though.  These foods are great once in a while, but I still would like to see my diet more full of produce instead of "treat" foods.

Workouts this Week:

Monday:  Zumba at 10 fitness (such fun!!)
Tuesday:  Body Revolution
Wednesday:  Hip Hop Abs

I didn't make it to a yoga class or get in a run.  Those are my goals for this week, for sure.

I was up a pound this week, which is a little disappointing, especially since I tried to eat really well and felt generally lean and happy all week.  Just shows me that I need to be more resolved to focus on health and happiness.

Posts to look forward to:

Great girls weekend in Mountain Home, AR
A review of Westover Wednesdays
Another amazing recipe from Appetite for Reduction
and a restaurant review!

My workout clothes are laid out for the morning, and my yoga bag is packed for tomorrow night.  Let's all have a kick ass week!